The level of carbon dioxide in the air will reach one of the highest values for all time of meteorological observations this year, including due to wildfires in Australia, according to the British Meteorological Service.
"The rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in 2020 is projected to reach one of the highest annual values recorded since measurements at (observatory) Mauna Loa, Hawaii, in 1958," the service said in a statement.
Meteorologists predict that during the year the CO2 content in the atmosphere will exceed 417 parts per million, although the average annual forecast is 414.2. At the same time, due to weather factors, the average growth in emissions will increase by 10%. According to experts, "emissions from recent wildfires in Australia account for up to one fifth of this increase."
In Australia, as a result of natural fires, which began in September 2019 and have not yet been extinguished, millions of hectares of land have already burned out, the fire in recent months has killed 27 people, destroyed more than 2 thousand houses. The University of Sydney estimates that over 1 billion animals have died. In some places the fires are so strong and the smoke is so thick that it has become impossible to extinguish them from the air.